Metro Manila remains at ‘critical risk’ despite decrease of COVID-19 infections – OCTA

Published January 20, 2022, 7:54 PM

by Charie Mae F. Abarca

Metro Manila’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) growth rate has further dipped to -20 percent, but an OCTA research fellow reiterated that despite the decrease of infections, the region remains at critical risk.


“The one-week growth rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) decreased to -20 percent, while the reproduction number decreased to 1.58. The NCR is still averaging over 13,000 new cases per day, which puts us at critical risk,” said OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David in a tweet on Thursday evening, Jan. 20.

David also reiterated that the public should not “let their guards down” amid the decrease of COVID-19 cases in the NCR.

“We cannot let our guards down and must continue to follow health protocols to sustain the downward trajectory of new cases in the NCR,” David added.

He likewise stated that amid the decrease of infections in NCR, cases outside the region increase.

As of Jan. 19, David said that among the provinces and regions with the most number of new infections were NCR, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu, Pampanga, Bulacan, Benguet, Iloilo, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Davao del Sur, Quezon, Negros Occidental, Isabela, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, and Leyte.